Interpretations:I Like Fun (Song)

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About Flansburgh?[edit | edit source]

The lyrics include "at the age of 58", which I suppose is a reference to JF's age. So is the song about him? The first verse talks about getting prescription drugs—does anyone know if JF is on anything? :S

"My excellence at parkour / Is not to be discounted", etc., might be a "I've been around awhile, but I've still got it" metaphor. MarkingDaff (talk) 01:52, 2 November 2017 (EDT)

Parkour enthusiasts are known for their great leaps and jumps: defying gravity. It's another reference to the protagonist losing reality ("float away") when he's not on his pills.

Actually, they touched on this in the Google Talk. John Flansburgh wrote the song, but he is a year younger than John Linnell, who is 58 years old at the time of I Like Fun's release. Linnell jokingly says something along the lines of "did you write the song about me?", but I can't recall what else occured in the conversation. My guess is that Flans wrote 58 instead of 57 because 57 has more syllables. User:RoseQuartz__ 13:49, 25 January 2018 (EDT)

What The Heck!?![edit | edit source]

That video was WEIRD! And I've seen weird TMBG videos before. Anyway, the video seems to be indicating that, based on the end, that he did not get his medication soon enough, and he went into some kind of coma. MidoFS

It feels wrong to get better[edit | edit source]

I think this song is about medical interventions for mental health issues. You know you need to get better, and when you take the medicine, your mood improves but it feels wrong. This is a common hazard of treating mental illness and why a lot of people go off their meds.

We start out at the pharmacy getting a new drug. "extra gravity to control me"

But his fun is being ruined. Looking at things through mental illness can feel very right to the person that's unwell. Obsessive thoughts might drive you to do great things but they often start to harm you. Something like that might be "his fun".

Since he needs extra gravity to control him, he's really good at parkour. He can do things other people can't again, maybe obsessive thoughts mean going over and over something until it's absolutely flawless.

And so do you. We like his obsessive nature because he makes it just perfect and we benefit from it.

--Emmett